MP backs local farmers in protest over milk prices
MP Tessa Munt has this week supported the
National Farmers Union's campaign to highlight a drastic reduction
in milk prices for dairy farmers and she has called for a reversal
in the cuts in Parliament.
to a 2p per litre cut in the price paid to farmers has been announced
by the four leading dairy processors, affecting 27% of milk producers
from 1st August.
in the year another 2p per litre was sliced off the price and
many local farmers feel that they have no control over the price
they receive, and some will abandon milk production.
Munt has also called for a Fairtrade milk scheme for dairy farmers
and went along to meet some of the 1,100 local farmers at a blockade
outside Robert Wiseman's distribution centre in Bridgwater.
pointed out that The Fairtrade Foundation currently works to support
farmers in the developing world to ensure that they get a fair
price for their products, but she says there is a need to do the
same in the UK.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I have spoken previously about
how vitally important it is to keep dairy farming alive and to
make sure our farmers get a fair price for their products."
a nation, we should concentrate on food security and be able to
feed ourselves. I really believe a Fairtrade milk scheme would
be an effective way to ensure that the farmers are protected and
the consumer knows at a glance that he or she is supporting British
farming when shopping for milk or milk products. I am writing
to the Farming Minister about this."
Tessa with National Farmers Union (NFU) President Peter